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怪奇驗屍官:行屍走肉(法國/2019/犯罪/驚悚)

THE CORONER: THE LIVING CORPSE (FRANCE/2019/CRIME/THRILLER)

ALEXANDRA EHLE: MORT-VIVANTE (title provided by distributor)

 

語言:法語

Language: French

 

距離波爾多不遠的布魯日沼澤發現了一具女屍。受害者頭部遭到重擊,但身上沒有任何識別物。Alex將屍體送回波爾多法醫研究院,以便盡快開始檢查。死去的女人在屍檢桌上,竟睜開了眼睛……她還活著!有時受害者若體溫急劇下降,心跳減至一分鐘不到幾下,的確會進入強直狀態,以至於幾乎偵測不到呼吸。這名女子因為遭受重大刺激,完全失去了記憶。Alex為阻止兇手再次出手,先將女子以死者歸檔,並讓她暫住家裡。這時,出現了第二具屍體⋯⋯

 

距離波爾多不遠的布魯日沼澤發現了一具女屍。受害者頭部遭到重擊,但身上沒有任何識別物。Alexandra Ehle將屍體送回法醫研究所進行檢查。在屍檢台上,女子睜開眼睛:她還活著。有時受害者若體溫急劇下降,心跳減至一分鐘不到幾下,的確會進入強直狀態,以至於幾乎偵測不到呼吸。雖然她還活著,強烈震驚使她失去了記憶。Alex為阻止兇手再次出手,先將女子以死者歸檔,並讓她暫住家裡。

這時出現了第二具女屍,大約在同一時間被殺害。

 

導演:尼可拉斯吉謝特

發想與編劇:艾爾莎瑪珀

製片:克里斯多夫卡莫那,克雷蒙汀沃多

製作公司:Carma Films, France Televisions

演員:茱麗迪巴狄厄,伯納德耶爾勒,澤維爾桂爾夫,莎拉馬丁斯,莎拉馬丁斯

 

 

花絮和趣事

業餘偵探:Alexandra和Théo在未經授權的情況下,私下對案件的進行調查,超出了法醫實驗室的工作範圍。包括製作犯罪記錄,假裝他們自己警察向證人問話,例如受害者的親人或其他嫌犯。

學徒:Théo是Alexandra死因學課堂上的實習生,但在他之前還有另外一位——那個女孩因為無法接受Alexandra的行為舉止而放棄了法醫學。

超強分析:Alexandra可以透過觀察遺體,來推斷出死者生活中的許多細節。

奉公守法的警察:Alexandra的弟弟Antoine。他總是遵守程序,因此Alex在調查方面時時領先他。姐姐不遵守程序,令他非常頭痛,並且不止一次給他帶來麻煩,但他最後總是隨她去。

角色名稱:影集名稱就是其主要角色的名字。

奇怪的收藏家:Alexandra收藏保存在福馬林瓶中的身體部位。在第一集裡,她偷走了一名19世紀下毒女子的斷指。在第二集,她得到一顆肺。

驗屍官:Alexandra的主要工作。但是她並沒有止步於此,反而兼差當業餘偵探。

警察隊長:Antoine的上司在第二集中責怪他,因為Alexandra拿走他的名片去參加巴伐利亞消防演習。這件事引來國家警察進行內部調查(法國警察政風處)。

死者的名字:Alexandra把Théo與她合作的第一個死者命名為Albertine,因為當時尚不清楚死者身分。

尊重死者:在第一集的結尾,Alexandra將被謀殺的女人的衣服縫好,以便丈夫可以哀悼她。她之所以成為驗屍官,是因為父親死於汽車炸彈,她也經歷過類似的創傷。

尷尬的手機鈴聲:Alexandra的手機鈴聲是美國警方使用的警笛聲。常看美國警察影集的觀眾可能會困惑幾秒鐘。Antoine的手機鈴聲是蕭邦的送葬進行曲。

角色靈感:Alexandra身為法醫,個性古怪,具有高度分析能力,經常讓同事頭痛,以及「浮動性」的的職業道德,就像是怪醫豪斯加上《識骨尋蹤》女主角的綜合體。至少她的社交能力比這兩位都要好。

跟隨我的腳步:Alexandra和Antoine的父親是警察,他死於汽車炸彈案之後,兩人都進入警察生涯。

不按牌理出牌的姊姊,負責任的弟弟:Alexandra是不按牌理出牌的那個,她是法醫卻逾越身分進行調查,Antoine是循規蹈矩的警察,也負責任的那個。

全息圖:Alexandra使用一種技術,可以將她負責驗屍的屍體製作全息圖。

假扮警官:Alexandra假扮法國未成年人保護警隊的警察,在第一集中向被謀殺的女子的姐姐問問題。

我要抱孫:Alexandra的母親非常希望她再婚並生孩子。

咬人:在第二集,為了去醫院找死亡醫生的同事問問題,Alexandra刻意咬了Théo的手以便就醫,結果他們被國家警察和Antoine看到。Alexandra假裝是狗咬傷了Théo的手。

過勞補眠:Alexandra的登場方式。她在法醫實驗室睡覺,被Théo叫醒。兩人握手時,她的醫用手套上仍沾有鮮血。後來觀眾才知道,在實驗室睡覺是她的習慣。

彈出式短信:在第一集裡,角色收到的訊息會顯示在手機桌面,(例如Alexandra傳訊息給她約會的救生員)。

誰管規則,我在做正確的事!:無論是否符合職業道德(例如做超出驗屍官職責的事),只要Alexandra覺得對破案有幫助,她就會去做。

Alexandra:那又如何?我不是警察,我不必遵守法律。

福爾摩斯的絕活:Alexandra不聽別人的話。她觀察人們的衣著、說話方式、走路方式,從中做出推論,就像在看書。

Alexandra:只有身體永遠不會說謊。

標準音樂片段:Alexandra獨自專注在驗屍的時候,《胡桃鉗》裡的「糖梅仙子」主題就會出現。

單相思:Théo試過勾引Alexandra,但每次都失敗。她輕而易舉地看穿,嘆了口氣說,「他又來了⋯⋯」。

嘔吐的警察:在第一集裡,Théo在犯罪現場看到一條斷腿而噁心想吐,到了實驗室裡要研究斷腿時,情況會變得更嚴重。

 

 

A woman's body is found in the marshes of Bruges, not far from Bordeaux. The victim obviously received a blow to the head but there is nothing to identify him. Alex has the body repatriated to the IML to begin his examination as soon as possible. But on the autopsy table, the dead woman opens her eyes… She is alive! Sometimes, the victims of assault go into states of tetany such as their temperature drops sharply, their heart rate slows down to just a few beats minutes, their breathing becomes almost nonexistent… The shock has completely made this stranger lose her memory. Determined to prevent her assassin from coming to finish her off, Alex decides to pass this woman off as dead, and lodges her with her. It was then that a second corpse appeared:

 

A woman's body is found in the marshes of Bruges, not far from Bordeaux. The victim received a blow to the head, but there is nothing to identify her. Alexandra Ehle has the body repatriated to the forensic institute in order to carry out its examination. On the autopsy table, the young woman opens her eyes: she is alive. Indeed, victims of assault can enter states of tetany such as their temperature drops sharply, their heart rate slows down and their breathing becomes almost nonexistent. Even though she is alive, the shock caused this stranger to lose her memory. Alex, who wants to prevent her murderer from coming to finish her, decides to pass her off as dead and to lodge her.

It was then that a second body was discovered: that of another woman, killed around the same time.

 

Director:                  Nicolas Guicheteau

Created and Written by: Elsa Marpeau

Producers:                       Christophe CARMONA And Clémentine VAUDAUX

Production Co:                Carma Films, France Televisions

Cast:                                Julie Depardieu, Bernard Yerlès, Xavier Guelfi, Sara Martins,                             Sophie Le Tellier

 

Trivia & Interesting Bits

  • Amateur Sleuth: Alexandra and Théo investigate cases way beyond their simple forensic lab work, and without authorization. This includes criminal profiling and pretending they are police officers to ask questions to witnesses, closed ones of the victims or people they suspect.

 

  • The Apprentice: Théo is Alexandra's trainee in thanatology, and he's not the first at that. The previous one she had gave up forensics because of her behavior and became a hatter.

 

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Alexandra can deduce myriads of details on a person's life just by observing said person's remains.

 

  • By-the-Book Cop: Alexandra's brother Antoine. He always follows procedures, and Alex is always one step ahead of him in investigations as a result. That his sister doesn't follow the procedures annoys him to no end and causes him troubles with his hierarchy more than once, although he always ends up letting her proceed.

 

  • Character Title: The series is named after its main character.

 

  • Collector of the Strange: Alexandra collects body parts preserved in jars of formalin. In the first episode, she stole cut off fingers that belonged to a famous female poisoner of the 19th century. In the second episode, she gets offered a lung.

 

  • The Coroner: Alexandra's primary job. She doesn't stop there however, doubling as an Amateur Sleuth.

 

  • Da Chief: Antoine's boss reprimands him in the second episode, specifically because the fact that Alexandra borrowed a card of his for a Bavarian Fire Drill attracted a ruthless bureaucratic hunter of Dirty Cops from the IGPN (the general inspection of French police services).

 

  • The Dead Have Names: Alexandra names the first dead person Théo works with her on "Albertine", as it is unidentified for the time being.

 

  • Due to the Dead: At the end of the first episode, Alexandra sews the murdered woman's pieces back together so her husband can mourn her. Moreover, she became a coroner precisely to do that kind of things after the trauma she endured when her father was murdered in a car bombing.

 

  • Embarrassing Ringtone:
  • Alexandra uses an American police siren as her cellphone's ringtone. Viewers who are used to watch American cop shows might be confused for a few seconds.
  • Antoine uses Chopin's Funeral March as ringtone.

 

  • Expy: With her job, personality quirks, Awesomeness by Analysis, annoyance to her workplace colleagues and "adaptable" work ethics, Alexandra feels like the love child of Dr. Gregory House and Temperance Brennan. She has more social skills than either of them, however.

 

  • Follow in My Footsteps: Both Alexandra and Antoine pursued a career in the police (or with ties to it in Alexandra's case) after their father (himself a police officer) died in a car bombing.

 

  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Alexandra is the foolish sibling who investigates cases way outside her morgue and without being allowed to do so, and Antoine is a By-the-Book Cop and thus the responsible sibling.

 

  • Hologram: Alexandra uses a technology that recreates the corpses she works on as holograms.

 

  • Impersonating an Officer: Alexandra passes as a police officer from the Brigade for the Protection of Minors to ask questions to the sister of the murdered woman in the first episode.

 

  • I Want Grandkids: Alexandra's mother badly wants her to remarry and have kids.

 

  • Man Bites Man: In order to make up an excuse in the second episode, Alexandra bites Théo's hand when the IGPN inspector and Antoine spot them at the hospital where they went to ask questions to colleagues of a dead doctor, after being warned by Antoine not to investigate anymore. Alexandra pretends it was a dog that bit Théo's hand.

 

  • Overworked Sleep: How Alexandra is introduced, sleeping in her forensic lab and being awakened by Théo. She still has blood on her medical gloves when shaking his hand. It's later revealed that sleeping at her lab is a habit of hers.

 

  • Pop-Up Texting: In the first episode, messages pop up onscreen whenever people type short messages, such as when Alexandra texts the lifeguard she dates.

 

  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: If Alexandra feels she has to do some things she doesn't have the right to do out of professional ethics (such as doing more than her coroner job), she'll do it anyway if she feels it is crucial to solve a case.
  • Alexandra: And so what? I'm not a cop, I'm not supposed to respect the law.

 

  • Sherlock Scan: Alexandra doesn't listen to people. She observes how they dress, how they talk, how they move, and deduces plenty of things as if they were open books.

 

  • Alexandra: Only the body never lies.

 

  • Standard Snippet: The "Sugar Plum Fairy" theme shows up several times, when Alexandra is alone and concentrates on other things than corpses.

 

  • Unrequited Love: Théo tries several times to woo Alexandra, and fails all the time. She easily sees through it and ends up with a "Here he goes again..."-like sigh every time.

 

  • Vomiting Cop: Théo gets nauseous in the first episode upon seeing a lone cut off leg on the crime scene. It gets worse when studying the leg at the lab.